Booking ONE – A Celebration of U2

Booking will begin in the next week or two for ONE – A Celebration of U2. If you have somewhere you would like to see ONE (or Alternavox, Acoustic Co.) play, let us know at “” 2015 promises to be a huge year for us as well as U2 – expecting a new U2 record and plans of a tour. Looking forward to seeing you all soon! -Chris

ONE joins the fight for literacy.

When we first started our tribute to U2 about nine years ago, we knew we wanted to do more than just celebrate U2’s music; we also wanted to celebrate their continuing efforts to call attention to important issues of the day. This is why our show on Thursday, June 19th is such a powerful opportunity for us. It’s one thing to be able to reach people on a global level concerning global issues, which U2 does very well, but with Project READ, we have the opportunity to be a part of a fantastic organization working directly with the people of our home state of Ohio.

As a high school literature teacher, I have had many opportunities to see the powerful impact of great literature, but I have also seen just how important fundamental literacy has become in a world soaked in instantaneous information coming at us from all directions. The U2 song “Numb” is basically about this (watch this clip from the 1993 MTV VMAs for a brilliantly-ironic performance), but as prescient as U2 were back in 1993, literacy has become even more important today. I mean, who could have known at that time just how much Zoo TV would look like youtube?

So join us for the fight for literacy on Thursday, June 19th at Dayton’s beautiful Fraze Pavilion, and please support literacy efforts wherever you are.

Rick (on the Explorer guitar)

“If you don’t know – Acoustic Co.”

ONE’s very own Rick (Edge) & Chris (Bono) will be performing an acoustic duo this year call Acoustic Co. Most of these dates will be at casinos, wineries, and coffee houses in the area. If you are interested in an unplugged approach at the U2 hits and even songs by some additional artists, come check it out. The First show of it’s kind will be on Thursday, Jan. 23rd at the Hard Rock Rocksino @ Northfield Park – Northfield, Ohio.

MLB’s Cleveland Indians and ONE

Next Wed., October 2nd it is entirely possible that the Cleveland Indians will be playing a Wildcard game at Progressive Field. The team has decided to hire ONE – A Celebration of U2 to play before the game and get the crowd going in what could be a magical night for Tribe fans all over NE Ohio. If you haven’t bought tickets, check out for details. Go tribe!

Booking ONE?

Booking information change:

ONE – A Celebration of U2 has worked with several good booking agents over the past few years. However, if YOU want to book the band for a party, corporate event, festival, etc. please use this new email address and cell phone number: and 330-313-0778

2014 is going to be an epic year for U2 fans all over the world, and ONE will help you celebrate. Cheers!!

Labor Day bash at Breitenbach

Tomorrow night at the Breitenbach Winery

Saturday, Aug. 31st – 7 PM

Check out your favorite U2 tribute band ONE at the Breitenbach Winery w/ special guest Alternavox. The location is a crossed from the old Alpine Valley Amphitheater…just follow the crowd. 
You are encouraged to call the winery to reserve a table for parties of 12. Otherwise, bring a lawn chair or a blanket. Let’s end the summer with some Rattle and Hum’.

U2 Fans really embracing ONE – A Celebration of U2 Facebook Fan Page

Just a quick note to let you know that we have noticed a huge “explosion” of new fans on our Facebook page. Before April we were in the 800 fan neighborhood. Today we are over 6300 and growing. By the end of the week, it looks like we will be the #1 U2 Tribute Band on Facebook…All Because Of You. We would like to thank those of you who are working to get the word out on our behalf. We are U2 fans just like you, and we love celebrating the band’s music! So – we want to welcome the new fans and friends of the band. Let’s continue growing this thing that we love so much. Pay attention to the schedule page to find out when we will be in your area. Hope to see you soon. -Chris

ONE @ the Blind Pig for U2 Conference After Party show

FOR IMMEDIATE RELASE: February 19, 2013

Contact: Chris Stafford, ONE – A Celebration of U2 – 330/313-0778


U2 Tribute Performance to Celebrate International U2 Conference
ONE – A Celebration of U2 Headlines at Cleveland’s Blind Pig

CLEVELAND, Ohio— Presented by @U2, The U2 Conference will hold its second international gathering of scholars, critics, teachers, and fans in collaboration with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, April 26-27. The U2 Conference is a gathering where students, scholars, and fans can discover, examine, learn, and share what U2 has created and what U2 means to its listeners. The inaugural 2009 meeting brought together a multi-disciplinary group from seven countries and featured over 40 formal presentations, three films, and networking opportunities.

Following the first day of the conference on April 26, U2 tribute band ONE – A Celebration of U2 is scheduled to play at Blind Pig in Cleveland’s historic Warehouse District. ONE will entertain conference attendees as well as the general public with a concert featuring U2’s biggest hits, as well as some “B-sides” that are fan-favorites. The show begins at 9:30pm, and Blind Pig is located at 1228 West 6th Street in downtown Cleveland.

Based in Canton, Ohio, ONE – A Celebration of U2 strives to be the ultimate U2 tribute band. The band has crafted a show that brings the music and spirit of their favorite band to U2 fans everywhere. Playing music from throughout U2’s vast catalogue and incorporating an innovative video show, the members of ONE are dedicated to recreating the sights and sounds of a U2 concert. The band is comprised of Chris Stafford (Bono), Rick Friedline (The Edge), Greg Maxin (Adam Clayton), and Bob Devereaux (Larry Mullen, Jr.). For more information, visit the band online at, or on Facebook at For information about The U2 Conference, including registration information and a full schedule of speakers and events, visit

ONE – A Celebration of U2 2012 Year in Review

One: A Celebration of U2 2012 Year in Review

It seems like just yesterday… It was November 22, 2004 when I first saw a brilliantly colored commercial advertising the revolutionary iPod. Even more spectacular for me was that the commercial featured U2 and their new song, Vertigo, from “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb,” which had just been released that day.  I was in awe when Bono hit the high notes at the end of the chorus. What a cool song, and as usual, an awesome melody line. Well, it was that commercial that inspired the birth of “The U2 Incident” (later to be known as One: A Celebration of U2). I cannot believe that it has been EIGHT YEARS!

So much has happened in our lives and in the lives of the wonderful friends we have made during this musical journey.  Many joys and victories and a few profound losses have molded and shaped us along the way. As fun and rewarding as it is to perform music from a band as inspiring as U2, it has been equally rewarding to watch people we’ve met at our shows find that special someone, get married, have kids, discover a career path, buy their first houses, etc. Sometimes our band has been the catalyst for those relationships coming together which makes it all the more amazing!

2012 was yet another special year for One. We continued to stretch our presence across the great states of America and found ourselves in new venues and new landscapes. A few of the highlights are as follows:

In March we performed for the first time in the upper peninsula of Michigan at a very cool concert club – Upfront & Company. The 12-hour drive didn’t seem so long as we strategized for the summer, watched movies, recited lines from various movies, slept, and rehearsed with Rick accompanying on his acoustic-electric and Bob beating on the back of the seat. Good times. Friday night we did our “Alternavox” show, and Saturday we did the “One” show. It is so much fun to be so versatile! Thank you Sammy Free for the suggestion to diversify!

March also brought the annual McKelvey St. Patrick’s party on the outskirts of Pittsburgh. I have said it before: we have performed at some pretty cool venues but none rival the sheer intensity, the solidarity, the high level of exuberance, celebration… the “one-ness” if you will, of the great McKelvey clan! Dave and Melanie, thanks again, and we’ll see you soon!

March also gave us our first weekend of “marathon-gigging.” THREE SHOWS IN 24 HOURS IN 2 STATES! That was our tour of the three Claddagh Irish Pubs in Toledo, East Lansing, and Columbus! That was an adventure. Set up, play, tear down, set up, play, tear down, set up, play tear down…whew! But the Columbus crowd was especially amazing. Many people traveled a great distance to see the show, and for that we are grateful. Special thanks to the Rinks for bringin’ it!

May was very special for us because we got to not only perform at The Breitenbach Wine Cellars national Dandelion Festival for the first time, but we also got to perform at their new amphitheatre. Many greats (like Johnny Cash) have performed on that stage in the past! If you haven’t been to Breitenbach, you are missing out on lots of fun!

Another highlight was performing at Progressive Field’s “Rally in the Alley” before two Indians games. We even had a guest with us on stage; Slider sat in on drums as we did an improv blues session.  One more unique story for the books!

From Cleveland to western NY! On a beautiful August afternoon, we found ourselves performing on a floating outdoor stage on Lake Chautauqua in Bemus Point. Along with amphitheater seating on the lake bank, boats pull up on the other side of the stage to watch! Absolutely the best! We even had some tenacious fans jump out of their boats and swim up to get the t-shirts we passed out.

Our annual Labor Day concert at Breitenbach Wine Cellars had us playing in the new pavilion at the top of the amphitheatre hill overlooking the vineyards. Thank you to all who were not deterred by the rain. We all rocked on, and had a great time. It’s always bittersweet as we say goodbye to the summer season, but it’s so special to do so with our Breitenbach family. I think it’s been 5 years in a row! Blessing to two of the most generous people we know, Anita Davis and Jen Kohler. They always make us feel like we’re “better than the real thing!” Thank you, ladies!

Those were some of the highlights of 2012, and we are dreaming it up all over again for 2013. We are planning some extended tours this summer to parts east, south, and northwest. We hope to enhance our stage show as well, but will save those surprises for when we all come together again. Until then, may The Lord bless you and your families in 2013. There are many challenges ahead for our country, so keep your leaders in prayer, be crazy generous in all you do and to whom you do it to, and be like the psalmist that Bono quoted in “40:”

“I waited patiently for the Lord, He inclined and heard my cry, He lifted me up out of the pit, out of the miry clay, and I will sing…sing a new song, I will sing…sing a new song!”

Grace and peace,

Greg (Adam)